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Seattle: A Few Years Still Felt Like a Vacation

A July 2005 trip to Seattle by Emily May

View from the Sky Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
Quote: Experiencing Seattle for two years--nightlife, nature and hiking, festivals, food. There was just so much to do, no matter what time of the year. Yes, even the winter.

Woodland Park Zoo

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This well planned and layed-out this zoo, situated in north Seattle, is divided into different areas of the world. Due to Seattle's acessability to Asia, there are many animals from this area of the world that you will not see in most American zoos, including, red pandas, Komodo dragons, sun bears, tapirs, and snow leopards. Each area and their trails felt secluded. While walking along the paths one just happens along an exhibit. The zoo offers many activites—for kids, there is a butterfly program, raptor shows, and bird feeding at Willawong station. We all know that food is expensive at zoos, however, there are picnic areas inside the zoo. I reccommend eating just outside th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 10, 2006

Woodland Park Zoo
601 North 59th Street
Seattle, Washington 98103
(206) 548-2500

Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub

Attraction | "Kell's Irish Pub"

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Situated just a half block north of Pike's Place Market in Post Alley, this lively bar and restaurant was a favorite of mine for a fun hangout. No dancing, this is more of a "loud conversation and listening to live Irish music" kind of place. The drinks aren't cheap, but they just aren't in Seattle. Get there before 8pm if you want to sit down. Bars close at 2am. Rustic tables, high and low, and Irish mementos all over the wall create an authentic atmosphere. They have their own microbrews here, as do many restaurants in Seattle. As for food, they offer a pretty traditional selection of Irish fare. I recommend the Irish Stew, which is also on the happy-hour menu. A lively, yet cosy...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 10, 2006

Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub
1916 Post Alley
Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 728 1916

Pike Place Market

Attraction | "Pike's Place Market"

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If you are visiting Seattle, Pike's Place Market is a MUST SEE attraction. Located downtown, north of Pioneer Square, it’s just off of the water. Besides all of the fresh vegetables, fresh fish, fresh fruit, fresh flowers, spices, unique artisan crafts, and restaurants on the upper level, Pike’s Place offers many other stores on the floors beneath, magic, music and menagerie. One can get everything they need here to cook their own gourmet meal, decorate, and prep for a romantic atmosphere. Home of the Throwing fish, the major fresh fish stand puts on a show for hoards of people every minute of every day, five pound pacific salmons fly across the counter; it’s a must admire even if your not b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 10, 2006

Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 682-7453

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Attraction | "Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery"

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Locate about a half an hour north of Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle is a must see for wine drinkers. Washington State is home to a wide variety of grapes and wineries. Many popular varietals include: Rieslings, Chardonnays, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Ste Michelle offers tours from 10:30am to 4:30pm daily every half hour. The tour and basic tasting is free, but you can upgrade for $5 or $8. I recommend at least the $5 upgrade, there are more wines to choose from. The winery shop sells wine paraphernalia, and their vintages, at about market cost. If the wine is rare, or you just want to buy something there, go for it, otherwise, most are available outside, in the grocery stores and wine shops for l...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 10, 2006

Chateau Ste. Michelle
14111 Northeast 145th St.
Seattle, Washington 98072
(425) 488 1133

University District

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Attraction | "The University District"

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Enjoy the college life in the International District. Located just west of the University of Washington campus, this area offers all varieties of food: Thai, teriyaki, burgers, pizza, Indian, and Tibetan--it’s all very “international.” Other than food, there are drinks, films, and a few eclectic stores for world crafts. If you are looking for beers, many of the bars/restaurants in the area offer their own microbrews; Big Time’s and Fin McCool’s are a few to recommend on the “Ave” (what locals call University Way, ironically not even an avenue). Big Time’s, a pub atmosphere, has excellent pizza and sandwiches, open after lunch. Fin McCool’s is know ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2006

University District
University Way Northeast and 45th Street
Seattle, Washington 98105
+1 206 526 9000

Pacific Place Shopping Center

Attraction | "Pacific Place"

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If you want to go shopping in downtown Seattle. the streets from 7th to 5th Avenue are filled with top-quality stores, but if you're not in the mood for too much walking, Pacific Place Shopping center offers a wide variety of well-known high-quality stores to assuage your shopping itch, like Tiffany’s, Restoration Hardware, Ann Taylor, Pottery Barn, Barnes and Noble’s, and J. Crew, just to name a few. See www.pacificplaceseattle.com.On the top floor there are the restaurants and a movie theater. You can have sushi at Todai’s, a Japanese buffet-style eatery (free if it's your birthday, discounted if you're in the military) and microbrews and good American food at Gordon Bierch. Johnny Rocket’...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 10, 2006

Pacific Place Shopping Center
600 Pine St
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 405-2655

View from the Sky Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Seattle is a wonderful location from which to visit four different national parks (North Cascades, Rainier, Olympic, and Mount St. Helens), and countless state parks all with an endless supply of hiking trails. Within an hour or two, you can be hiking until your hearts content. Do a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, or one of the many other mountains, valleys, rivers and volcanoes. The Pacific Northwest is an outdoors man's paradise. My favorite area to hike was the North Cascades, either in the National Park or one of the many state. Before you go, check out one of the local bookstores for your type of hiking trails. There are a variety of books highlighting suitability to your ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2006

Festivals of Seattle

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Seattle offers a wide variety of festivals all worth checking out. Bumbershoot is an art and music festival held over Labor day weekend at the Seattle Center. Music: each day has a few different headliners, anyone from R.E.M. to Nickle Creek, it depends on the year, but spanning most genres of music. Local music is also highlighted at one of the smaller stages. The Seattle Center is decked out with hundreds of stands for local and national artists selling their wares, and food—Asian, cheesecake on a stick, and many other fair favorites. The International Beerfest is one of my favorites. Held in a portion of the Seattle Center, it showcases not only local beers, but ones from every corner of ...Read More